Lakas-CMD adopts Bongbong Marcos as presidential bet in 2022 polls
MANILA, Philippines – Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) has adopted former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as its candidate for president in the 2022 elections.
The Lakas-CMD party has passed a resolution confirming Marcos as its adopted candidate during its Executive Committee (Execom) meeting on Wednesday night.
The party also confirmed in another resolution that Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, who currently serves as the party’s chairperson, is its vice presidential candidate.
The Lakas-CMD resolutions have sealed the team-up of Marcos and Duterte for the upcoming elections.
The Execom also passed a resolution authorizing the president of Lakas-CMD, House Majority Leader and Leyte First District Representative Martin Romualdez to enter into alliance agreements with other political parties.
Among the political parties expected to forge alliance with the Lakas-CMD are Sara Duterte-led Hugpong ng Pagbabago, and Marcos’ Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (FPM).
In a post on social media, Duterte announced the adoption of said resolutions during their meeting.
She also said that the Uni-team alliance signing of political parties will be held on Thursday.
“Bukas na po ang Uniteam Alliance signing ng PFP, LakasCMD, PMP at HNP,” she said.
BBM-Sara Duterte tandem bares senatorial slate
MANILA, Philippines – The UniTeam ticket of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos and his running-mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has disclosed the list of senatorial candidates they will be supporting for the 2022 elections.
In a statement, Marcos’ spokesperson Vic Rodriguez said their lineup will include the following personalities:
– Rep. Rodante Marcoleta
– Atty. Larry Gadon
– Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri
– Former DPWH Sec. Mark Villar
– Rep. Loren Legarda
– Former Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque
– Former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada
– Former Defense Sec.Gilberto Teodoro Jr.
– Former QC Mayor Herbert Bautista
– Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian
Rodriguez said the list “represents a mixture of seasoned and political personalities who have excelled in their respective endeavors.”
COMELEC formally deputizes PNP, AFP for conduct of 2022 polls
MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has formally deputized the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to ensure the conduct of “free, orderly, honest, peaceful, and credible” May 9, 2022 national and local elections.
Under Resolution No. 10755 promulgated on Wednesday, January 19, the COMELEC listed the following duties and functions to be performed by AFP and PNP personnel as its deputized agents:
- Provide security to polling places, polling centers/voting centers, canvassing centers, and such other places or buildings, including election paraphernalia, equipment, forms, and supplies, that will be used in connection with the elections;
- Provide security to the personnel of the Commission, its deputies, and other persons performing election-related functions;
- Deploy, at the least time possible, troops for election duty in coordination with the concerned Regional Election Director, Provincial Election Supervisor, and Election Officer;
- Make available, at the least time possible, land, air, and watercraft assets, communication systems, and other equipment, in connection with the conduct of the elections;
- Look into the existence of any armed group organized to commit, or which is committing or attempting to commit, acts of terrorism, or threats to intimidate or coerce any person to vote for or against a candidate, and to suppress or prevent said acts of terrorism or threats;
- Assist the Commission in implementing more effectively election laws and/ or rules and regulations, particularly the laws governing prohibition against military, policemen and provincial guards acting as bodyguards or security guards for the candidates, the use of armored vehicles and air or watercraft, and the prohibition on bearing, carrying or transporting firearms and other deadly weapons in public places;
- Provide security escorts to candidates, subject to the conditions and restrictions on the Resolution imposing the ban on the carrying of firearms and other deadly weapons and the ban on the use of security personnel or bodyguards; provided that, the AFP can provide security escorts only in the absence of personnel of the PNP and other law enforcement agencies;
- Conduct a periodic assessment of the peace and order conditions in critical areas and recommend measures which may be adopted by the Commission in the interest of free, orderly, honest, peaceful and credible elections;
- Comply with and/ or implement directives or resolutions of the Commission, which shall take precedence over and above the orders and directives issued by any other office or agency of the Government, except the Supreme Court and those issued in habeas corpus cases;
- Render periodic reports on action taken in accordance with this Resolution
The poll body reminded that despite being deputized, soldiers shall continue with the conduct of all Internal Security Operations or its own functions and responsibilities and that no changes in the assignments of police personnel can be effected except upon prior written permission of the commission.
The resolution shall take effect after its publication in two daily newspapers of general circulation in the Philippines, the COMELEC said.
Supreme Court issues TRO vs COMELEC’s decision to cancel Senate bet’s COC
MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Commission on Election’s (COMELEC) decision to declare as a nuisance and cancel the certificate of candidacy of a senatorial aspirant.
In a document posted by the SC Public Information Office on Twitter, the high court granted the petition of Norman Cordero Marquez, assailing the poll body’s decision to cancel his candidacy for the May 2022 elections.
The SC said the petition appears to be sufficient in form and substance.
Considering the allegations contained, the issues raised and the arguments adduced in the petition, the court said it has required the COMELEC to comment on the petition within a non-extendible period of 10 days from notice.
“Now, therefore, respondent COMELEC is hereby required to comment on the petition within a non-extendible period of 10 days from notice hereof,” the document read.
“Meanwhile, a temporary restraining order is issued, effective immediately and continuing until further orders this court,” it added.